Intel Pentium 4 1.4GHz & 1.5GHzby Anand Lal Shimpi on November 20, 2000 12:54 AM EST
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The SYSMark 2000 benchmark is perfect for illustrating what even a PC133 SDRAM platform could do for the Pentium 4. If you notice, the 1.5GHz Pentium 4 is just 3 points lower than a 1GHz Pentium III on an i840 platform, keep in mind that the two platforms have the exact same memory configuration. Now look at the same Pentium III on a PC133 i815 platform, see the huge performance advantage it gets just by moving to PC133 SDRAM instead of the i840's dual channel RDRAM setup? Chances are we'd see a similar boost for the Pentium 4, bringing it much closer in performance to the Athlon, however we won't be seeing that anytime soon. And for the home/office user, the Pentium 4 would actually be a downgrade in many cases.